15 have committed elsewhere
More than 70 area high school students worked alongside N-G Media engineer Ed Bond to produce 10-second promotions for local programming, from “Penny For Your Thoughts” to “ServPro Prep Football Confidential.” They sounded terrific.
Locals familiar with former St. Thomas More and Champaign Central standout DOUG WALLEN had the chance to see him play basketball for Illinois Wesleyan last year at State Farm Center during an exhibition versus Illinois. He checks in on life in Bloomington-Normal:
CHAMPAIGN — From all the questions about his weight in high school to his hair length at Illinois, from his decision to leave the Illini and to embark upon his final season of college basketball 1,600 miles away from his hometown, one constant never left Michael Finke’s life.
M-S senior takes on extra workload
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Five-star combo guard Nimari Burnett, who played his freshman season at Morgan Park alongside current Illini guard Ayo Dosunmu, had a strong spring and summer on the Nike EYBL circuit playing with Team WhyNot
The NCAA College Basketball Academy in Champaign has 39 players from the state of Illinois set to attend, including Champaign Central’s Pryce Punkay in the first session and Mahomet-Seymour’s Grant Coleman in the second.
The Illinois BC roster for The Basketball Tournament has a distinct Champaign vibe. Former Central standout Jay Simpson is coaching ... a bunch of Centennial guys.
Happy 27th birthday to Champaign’s Rayvonte Rice, who finished his college career with the Illini and is now trying to latch on with the Phoenix Suns.
Underwood: 'I’d be a very proud head coach to know that the best players in our state and best coaches year in and year out are stepping foot in what I think is one of the great venues in all of college basketball.'
College coaches have another evaluation period starting Wednesday — with Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C., the preeminent event — and another from July 23-28 in the NCAA youth development camps (including one at Illinois).
Centennial High School's third Athletic Hall of Fame class is set to include, among others, a former Illinois football quarterback and the current coach of Parkland men's basketball.
Beginning with the year 2021, future IHSA state basketball tournaments will be conducted under a new format thanks to a decision made by the IHSA board of directors.
Plenty of folks throughout Monticello are no doubt thrilled after getting to stake their claim to some athletic history. The high school in Piatt County — and Loren Tate's alma mater — hosted a trophy giveaway on Wednesday, necessitated by some housekeeping tied to a renovations referendum that was approved last year.
St. Joseph-Ogden High School will be a great place to catch boys' basketball this upcoming winter.Spartans athletic director Justin Franzen on Friday announced both matchups for the 2019 Toyota of Danville Classic — formerly the Leader Classic — and the field for the 2020 Christie Clinic SJ-O Shootout.
PONTIAC — Sean Houpt’s basketball career at Danville ended at the hands of E.J. Liddell and his Belleville West teammates in a Class 4A sectional title game loss in March.Now, Houpt and Liddell will be teammates at the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Game on June 8 in Pontiac.